The summers can get so hot here in Texas, we sometimes forget that temperatures
under 90 degrees even exist. Now that the summer is coming to a close,
though, it is time to start considering how colder days and nights might
affect your vehicle. With a history of cold snaps – the record low
for Houston is a frigid
five degrees Fahrenheit – and unpredictable snowfall in the region, the last
thing you want is to be caught unawares and unprepared.
Helpful Hints for When Things Cool Off
Battery life: As cold weather can kill off your battery, it makes one wonder why some
people keep AA’s in the fridge. Have your battery replaced if it
is old and see about optimizing the charging system to avoid a wheezing
engine in the early morning hours this autumn and winter.
Antifreeze supply: Consider putting in an entirely fresh supply of antifreeze into the cooling
system. Even though this should be done about every two years, you might
want to take initiative and having it done once a winter.
Heaters and defrosters: Not many things are more dangerous than driving blind. Ensure your car
can defrost its windshield and windows quickly and effectively now before
thick frost starts piling up there in the a.m.
Tire pressure: Just as how the heat can alter your tire pressure, so can the cold. If
the tire pressure light goes off when you’re driving down an icy
road, you could be in serious trouble. Get them checked and adjusted as needed.
Brakes: Now would be a great time to check or replace your brakes. The last thing
you want is to hit an ice patch and find out that your brakes are in dire
need of maintenance.
Other than regular check-ups on your automobile as the temperatures drop,
there are other ways to prepare for the winter. Modifications to the vehicle
can significantly improve handling and performance, which can make a huge
difference in safety when the roads get slicker. There are also ways to
enhance the engine, helping it start up even when the entire system is
At HP Motorsports in Katy, Texas, we specialize in high performance tunings
for automobiles of all makes and models. If you would like to know how
we can improve your car and ensure it is ready for the winter, call
281.231.9950 today to request a
free estimate with one of our friendly professionals.